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Online registration for VAT effective mid-September: FTA

0 358The taxes will be self-compliant and voluntary for business sectors, with swift taxation procedures that are electronic, fully automated and in accordance with the highest international standards.

Deyaar’s Faisal Ali on the potential for smart tech in real estate

0 598Since the firm’s establishment in 2002, Deyaar has emerged as one of the leading residential and commercial developers in the UAE’s competitive real estate market. By combining innovative strategies with the latest emerging technologies, newly appointed senior IT manager Faisal Ali is striving to provide unrivalled customer service.

Etisalat launches Business Quick Start-Premium for SMBs

0 614Etisalat today announced new upgraded premium plans for it’s Business Quick Start service. The new premium plans offer up to 33 percent …

Google to pay $3bn to remain default iOS search engine: Bernstein

0 365The firm believes that Google will pay Apple about $3 billion this year, up from $1 billion just three years ago, and that Google's licensing fees make up a large bulk of Apple's services business.

Mobily signs $653 million deal to develop Saudi network

0 652ETIHAD Etisalat (Mobily) signed an agreement to develop its mobile network in different regions around the Kingdom with three international …

HP unveils VR project to imagine life on Mars

0 523HP Mars Home Planet is part of HP’s newly announced VR strategy which is focused on enabling brands to reimagine how they innovate and engage customers.

Why UAE CIOs value data more than employees

0 922Pure Storage’s Evolution: The Data Economy 2017 report shows that two thirds of UAE CIOs now consider data to be a more valuable asset than their employees. Are the country's IT leaders well-advised to set store in cloud, and what they can realistically expect from their IT roadmaps in the next two years?

DLD updates Ejari smart app to protect rights of all parties

0 290Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced that further updates and upgrades have been made to its ‘Ejari’ smart application, which …

TRA, Creative 971 sign MoU to enhance e-commerce in UAE

0 356According to the agreement, ‘Creative 971’ will enhance and develop the e-commerce sector in the UAE through awareness programmes for start-ups, small and medium businesses.

TRA to gather ISPs for the 75th RIPE meeting in October

0 282The event supports TRA's efforts to develop its IT infrastructure and place the UAE at the forefront of global smart services.

Facebook seeks China opportunity with secretly launched app

0 551The photo-sharing app, called Colorful Balloons, was released in May to reportedly help Facebook enter a market that it’s been blocked since 2009.

ADGM, UAE Exchange join forces to enhance fintech ecosystem

0 661The partnership will see UAE Exchange collaborate with FinTech participants under ADGM’s Regulatory Laboratory, RegLab, to develop and deploy promising FinTech solutions in the remittance, foreign exchange and payments space.

UAE to spend AED10.2bn on education by 2021, focus on IT

0 533Students are now collaborating with schools across the country and around the world, educational institutions are storing student records digitally in the cloud, and IT teams are also deploying campus-wide cyber-security solutions to protect academic data.

A mind of its own: The potential for IT automation in the enterprise

0 516How should CIOs go about implementing automation strategies into their business models, and what will this impending age of automation mean for current employees?

UAE to roll out regulations for self-driving vehicles

0 561The rules, which will be laid out by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), set out a list of requirements needed for self-driving vehicles.

Microsoft launches Coco Framework for blockchain

0 544Microsoft has announced the Coco Framework, a first-of-its-kind innovation that will advance enterprise adoption of blockchain technology. Current blockchain protocol technology …

DEWA launches ‘8080 initiative’ to raise e-adoption rate

0 440The e-adoption of DEWA’s smart services is now at approximately 76 percent at the end of Q2 2017. In order to reach the 80 percent target by 2018, DEWA has launched the ‘8080 initiative’ to increase customer awareness of its smart services on DEWA’s smart app and website.

Telcos are willing to pay more for 5G: Gartner

0 436The survey found that almost half the respondents intend to use 5G to access videos and fixed wireless capabilities. More interestingly, though, the majority of respondents (57 percent) believe that their organisation’s main intention is to use 5G to drive Internet of Things (IoT) communication.

NES launches fourth generation smart meter

0 407Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) has announced today its next generation polyphase smart meter is now available for customers. The …

Bricks and clicks: ASGC’s newly-appointed CIO Herbert Fuchs

0 864Newly-appointed CIO Herbert Fuchs has been hired to optimise and reinvent the ways that ASGC uses technology to automate time-consuming processes and enhance the health and safety of on-site workers.

Facebook takes on TV networks, YouTube with new ‘Watch’ tab

0 332According to a blog post released by the company, Watch will be made available on mobile, desktops, and in Facebook’s TV apps.

TRA receives three ISO certificates

0 472The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has achieved three ISO certificates in the areas of business continuity, quality management system and environmental …

Knowledge is power: SEWA chairman Dr. Rashid Alleem

0 840When Dr Rashid Alleem was handpicked by the Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi, to lead Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority’s transformation journey in April 2014, he knew how important his work would be in driving the emirate’s critical infrastructure.

Ericsson joins utilities digital transformation project

0 654Ericsson  has become a member of a consortium led by the operator Zain in Kuwait. The consortiumwill carry out a …

UAE blockchain market to hit $300m by 2022 – report

0 899In response to this, blockchain enabler SAP has claimed that the country's public sector will be the driving force behind the UAE hitting this figure.

Abu Dhabi Investment Group acquires FP Telecommunications

0 419ABDIG is planning to invest up to $5 billion in subsea cable projects and will restructure FPT to become a top tier worldwide subsea cable company.

Huawei launches ICT skill competition

0 443Huawei has announced the launch of its Middle East ICT Skill Competition 2017. Aimed at universities and students, the programme …
Mobile phones

UAE mobile phone service subscriptions hit 18.7m in H1 2017

1 402The growth reflects the vibrant and robust nature of the UAE's telecommunications sector which is considered a significant mainstay of the economy.

Uber’s rival DiDi Chuxing seals partnership with Careem

0 332Didi's investment in Careem is said to further enhance its reliable transportation offerings across the region. Together, the two parties will share knowledge in intelligent transportation technology, product development, and operations.

Google fires engineer behind gender inequality memo

0 275The engineer, James Damore, confirmed his dismissal, saying in an email to Reuters that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".
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